College students in the Pullman-Moscow area can turn to the oldest farmers market in Idaho for the freshest produce. The Moscow Farmers Market provides a variety of produce, specialty foods, crafts and flowers.
“We have... specialty foods like grains, legumes, beets and eggs, as well as cheese and bread and prepared foods,” said Kathleen Burns, Art Director for the city of Moscow. “We also have baked goods, fresh flowers and nursery items like plants, vegetable starts and seeds.”
The Moscow Farmers Market has been serving the public for 35 years, said manager Barry McGarrah. The farmers market runs every Saturday from the beginning of May to the end of October on Main Street Between Third and Fifth Street in Moscow. The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, and about 100 vendors participate throughout the season.
“There is something for everyone at these markets,"McGarrah said."I think it will continue to be one of the many bright spots in Moscow that the locals love to be a part of."
Farmers markets benefit both the consumer and vendor, said Webb French, manager of Brush Creek Creamery. The consumer gets fresh produce, as well as education about the location of their food while vendors get to communicate with their customers and teach them about buying local. His cheese business has been affected positively by the attention it has gotten at the market.
“The (market) is great,” French said. “There's lots of participation, there's lots of interest in local produce, so we've had very good exposure and coverage of all of our stuff, and also good interaction with other vendors.”
French and Burns both agreed that farmers markets played an essential role in supporting local economy and creating a connection between customer and vendor.
“You know where (the food) is coming from, what went into it," French said. "For a lot of different aspects you're supporting the local economy. (The market) is a great way for the community to interact."
For more information, check out the Moscow Farmers Market website at http://www.moscow.id.us/art/fm/index.aspx